Coaching Management 23.2

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8 Coaching Management Preseason 2015 ap photo/robb quinn by having them lift one of their feet about four inches off the ground, as they would at the start of their pitching motion, and measured the degree of tilt in their pelvis using a sensor attached to their hip. they found that pitchers who exceeded eight degrees of tilt in their pelvis were up to three times more likely to miss at least 30 days during the subsequent season than those who had less than four degrees. the first group was also two times more likely to miss time than those with four to seven degrees of tilt. in addition, of the injured pitchers, subjects with readings above eight degrees averaged more than twice as many days missed than those with lesser amounts of tilt. researchers chose to measure pelvic tilt because it was an easy way to assess core control using functional pitching movements. Greater amounts of pelvic tilt indicate less core control. they kept the foot rise at a couple of inches because they wanted to track the ability to control pelvic movement before the movement of the knee forces it to tip. the study did not establish whether the lack of core control was the reason for the increased injury rate, only that pitch- ers with less control were more likely to suffer an injury. Still, it provides reason to believe that better core control can reduce the risk of injury. "the core could help prevent injury by spreading out the energy load, allow- ing pitchers to use their legs more and their throwing arm less," the study's lead author Dr. ajit Chaudhari, associate pro- fessor in ohio State's School of health and rehabilitation Sciences and Director of the Sports biomechanics Laboratory, said in a press release. "a stabilized core lets ener- gy pass through it rather than getting lost as the core moves around, leading to less torque on the shoulder and elbow and better efficiency that helps with perfor- mance. i'd compare the stability differ- ence to jumping from solid ground versus jumping out of a canoe." a new tool designed to keep young arms healthy was released this past sum- mer by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James andrews. Designed to reduce inju- ries in younger pitchers, "throw Like a pro" is a smartphone app that addresses preseason preparation and provides tips for staying healthy in-season and avoiding overuse. the preseason and in-season features include stretching and strengthening exer- cises athletes can employ to reduce the risk of injury, with video instruction for each activity. Coaches can use the app's pitch counter to easily track their pitchers' work loads during games and consult age-based pitch count guidelines. after the game, they can use the included rest calculator to see how long their pitchers should wait before taking the mound again. an educa- tional section details why pitchers should learn proper mechanics and includes expla- nations of common arm injuries. the app also lists guidelines from the american Sports Medicine institute that coaches can follow to reduce the risk of injury. these include responding to signs of fatigue like losing velocity or control, dropping the elbow during pitching, and taking extra time between pitches; allow- ing pitchers to go at least two or three months per year without any overhead throwing; not having pitchers play catcher when not on the mound; and avoiding the use of radar guns, which promote overthrowing. Community Relations History Lesson baSebaLL iS known aS a Sport that haS aLwayS CeLebrateD itS paSt. So it was a natural fit when Craig ander- son, head Coach at pine island (Minn.) high School, was asked to host an event honoring his town's storied history with the game. Just before the start of the world Series, anderson hosted a presentation on the history of baseball in the small town. the event was sponsored by the local his- torical society, which had held previous seminars on football and wrestling. anderson's goal was to create an evening commemorating the sport's special place in his community that engaged both enthusiasts and young players. "baseball is important in pine island," he says. "Like every good baseball town with a rich history, it takes some leader- ship. but you also need a lot of support. this was one way i could reach out to and honor the people who have been involved with the tradition." anderson has been a coach in pine island since 1977, so much of his knowl- edge comes first hand. to document activ- ities dating even further back, he worked with the county historical society to unearth records and assemble a timeline starting in the 1860s, when baseball was introduced to the town. "i found out that baseball first came to the community after the Civil war," anderson says. "Local soldiers who fought in the war learned the game, which was played during their free time to help keep them motivated. when they returned, they brought the game to our community." through trophies, record books, and newspaper articles, anderson reconstruct- BULLETIN BOARD Thanks to recent research, high school pitchers have some new allies in their battle to stay healthy, including a study on the role core muscles play in preventing injury. Click Here to sign up for our free series of educational digital newsletters

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